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Philadelphia Pale Ale - Yards Brewing Co.

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Philadelphia Pale AlePhiladelphia Pale Ale

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790 Ratings
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Ratings: 790
Reviews: 301
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 14.63%
Wants: 10
Gots: 80 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Yards Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  4.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Not to be boastful, but we honestly believe all others pale in comparison to this one. Crisp and hoppy, Philadelphia Pale Ale is brewed with Pilsner malt and American hops, which impart a surprising citrus aroma.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-17-2002)
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

ATPete, Jan 29, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

jjd315, Dec 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

RobertColianni, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of beergeek279
3.05/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a 12 oz. bottle. The color was golden, with only a bit of head retention. The smell was mostly of malt, with a hint of hops. The taste was mostly yeasty, with a flat aftertaste. The mouthfeel was smooth. Drinkability-wise, not great, but if it was all there was........

Another disappointment from Yards, I'm sorry to say. Maybe their beers are better on cask, but this offering in the bottle is average at best.

beergeek279, Jul 24, 2003
Photo of aaronh
2.23/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Slightly hazy amber liquid is topped by a moderate but rather long-lasting head of off white foam. The aroma is nothing special, with just a typical "beer" smell. No hops at all in the nose. The taste is rather bitter up front with basically nothing behind it at all. Very clean finish, but there is no malt body to speak of, no sweetness, just strong piney bitterness. I actually find it hard to drink because it's just not that enjoyable. This beer is like drining a macro with a bunch of hops dumped in early in the boil and a slightly restrained carbonation. I'd take a Rolling Rock over this any day. Yard's is sort of hit or miss in my experience. This one's like bombing your own troops.

aaronh, Jul 28, 2003
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

GFD400, Jul 17, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

wonothesane42, Apr 23, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

kelvarnsen, May 29, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

hockeyfighter19, Oct 22, 2012
Photo of Zetcha7x
3.61/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at the local dive bar.

A-hazy yellow, small white head, decent lacing

S-citrusy, bread, grapefruit, floral notes-pine

T-citrusy taste (lemon, grapefruit), hoppier then most pales

M-medium bodied, good carbonation, taste little alcohol, crisp and refreshing

O-maybe its hometown bias and that fact that its on tap every where in the Philly area but a great beer. Not a typical pale and I think that is part of the appeal. Low ABV makes it very drinkable, which is good because I'll be having a several in the coming years.

Zetcha7x, Mar 13, 2014
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5/5  rDev +35.5%

tedho21, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

bluckbeyes, Aug 22, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

ksimons, Oct 10, 2013
Photo of EagleTalon
3.74/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours out to a one inch had that falls to a quarter inch and erratically laces the glass. This APA is very pale--a light gold hue. Aroma is on the subtle side with citrus and floral hops and pale malts. Flavor is also easygoing with a nice balance of sticky malts and crisp hops leading to a dry, refreshing finish. Mouthfeel is light for style. Overall, at 4.6%abv, it makes for a very sessionable pale ale. I had a few and kept my shit together.

EagleTalon, Apr 25, 2014
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1.9/5  rDev -48.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I have had this beer before and enjoyed it, but there must have been something wrong with the cask this time. It must not have conditioned properly. There was hardly any carbonation or head and it tasted stale and bitter. It could have been old. I know casks don't last long once they're tapped.
Yards is one of my favorite brewers, but something went wrong here. I will have to give this one a second chance.

pezoids, Feb 22, 2003
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

DrMindbender, Aug 29, 2014
Photo of Lanstrum
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Lanstrum, May 30, 2013
Photo of IrishRedRock
3.3/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in the Yards sampler case. Pours a golden amber color with a minimal white head. The aroma was quite mild, consisting of soft malts, and a bit of floral hoppiness.

The mouthfeel was surprisingly smooth with just a touch of carbonation. The taste is clean and unoffensive...it could use a lot of hops. Its definitely lacking in that area. Mostly malt flavor with a touch of bitterness at the finish. To me, this tastes more like a lager than a pale ale...if they infused this brew with some hops it would be a lot better. Nonetheless, it certainly isn't bad and is quite easy to drink.

IrishRedRock, Feb 20, 2003
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

curlybird, Jul 22, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Blanco, Feb 10, 2013
Photo of MikeWard
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

MikeWard, May 06, 2014
Photo of BigMike
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a very light golden color with some hints of orange. Good amount of carbonation streaming up the glass. Topped off with an almost pure white head of about 1 finger.

S: Piney citrus notes on the nose. Followed up with some grassy bread aromas. A touch of spice.

T: flavor is very light but really good at the same time. It's got citrus, pine, grass, spice with a nice pale malt backbone. Light bitterness and light sweetness.

M: Watery in the mouth but that makes it super easy to drink. Very light and refreshing and awesome if you're looking to pound a few. Especially at 4.3%

Overall: Nothing earth shattering here but a straight forward, no frills easy drinking pale ale with some nice flavor.

BigMike, Aug 20, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

EBeckett3, Aug 10, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Giantspace, Jan 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

comfortablynirm, Sep 06, 2012
Philadelphia Pale Ale from Yards Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 790 ratings.